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General Major Zia

Wrong General Major Zia?

President

Bangladesh
 
Background

Employment History

  • President
    Bangla Desh
  • President
    CPB
  • Officer
    Pakistan army

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Typical Representative
    Mohajir
Web References
In his teens, Zia ...
www.bangladesh-web.com, 30 Sept 2005 [cached]
In his teens, Zia was in West Pakistan.Zia joined the Pakistan army in 1953 and was commissioned from Kakul military academy two years later.In the India- Pakistan war of 1965, he led a company and was said to have sent to Germany for higher training.Later in his career, Zia was appointed as the instructor of Pakistan Military Academy at Kakul.
General Zia was the reincarnation of Aurangjib in Bangladesh politics.Like Aurangjib who ostensibly killed his own brothers for Islam, Zia being a self proclaimed freedom fighter, was instrumental to nip in the bud the very spirit of liberation war by distorting and destroying everything associated with the war.
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Zia:
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Like Shakespeare's Macbeth, Zia had always been a ambitious army officer.But unlike Macbeth, Zia never showed any military prowess in his whole career.He was a third grade soldier but a keenly opportunist officer.His induction and training in the military intelligence core yielded him few deadly but effective skills: how to ride tides of opportunity (exploiting the opportunity in 1971 to wear freedom fighter tag) and back stab to rise to the crust of power (Colonel Taher).
Zia's naked ambition was first exposed when he announced himself as the president of Bangladesh in his version of the declaration of the war of independence on March 27, 1971 from Chittagong.Zia was actually going to receive weapons from the Chittagong dock as an officer of Pakistan army.His controversially acclaimed role as the announcer of the war of independence came upon him as he was stopped and forced by the rebel Awami leaguers (led by Mr. MA Hannan) in Chittagong.
A shrewd intelligence officer Zia understood the significance of the event and its potential for his future.This freedom fighter tag later afforded Zia immense credentials contributing to the political image of himself as well as his party, BNP.He survived the series of coups and counter coups following the murder of Sheikh Mujib.His freedom fighter image duped Col Taher and his comrades.One should remember that neither Khaled Musharaf, nor Colonel Taher, but Zia was the beneficiary of Sheikh Mujib murder.
1. In 1971, during the war of independence and backed by the Indian military intelligence RAW, Zia, in collaboration with Osmani, wanted to form a War Council to undermine the authority of the provisional (Mujibnagar) government headed by Tajuddin Ahmed in order to subvert the independence war from within and replace the civilian leadership with a military one.
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In 1973, however, when Tajuddin was deserted by Mujib, Zia sided with the ISI and CIA and did the same thing he wanted do do in 1973 to fulfill his personal ambition.Due to his conspirator role, General Osmani suspended Zia three times during the 1971 liberation war.
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Zia took that revenge 1st by shooting Gen.Osmani's helicopter on Dec 16, 1971 near Sylhet border and 2nd by putting him on 3rd position behind Hafejji hujur in presidential election with Zia topping the liast while he was a chief martial law administrator..
2. In 1975, Zia imposed the concept of Bangladeshi Nationalism in order to accommodate the anti-liberation forces (Muslim Leaguers, Islamic fundamentalist groups, pro-Chinese leftists ) in national politics so as to subvert the mainstream secular political trends achieved through the liberation war.
3. Literally made politics difficult by investing large amount of foreign aids to buy over opposition political leaders in order to form his own political party the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
4. As a part of his political scheme, Zia rehabilitated all the returned Bangladeshi (from Pakistan after 1975) civil and military bureaucrats in top administrative positions to change the orientation (pro establishment like in Pakistan as opposed to democratic character it gained due to the impact the liberation war) of the state machineries.In 1975, Zia formed an administrative reorganization committee to rehabilitate the anti liberation forces in administration.
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All the members of the committee were well-known pro-Pakistani civil and military bureaucrats: Commodore MH Khan, Air Vice Marshal MG Towab, Dr MN Huda and Zia himself.Prof Emajuddin Ahmed pointed out that out of 31 top advisers /ministers of Zia 19 were strongly anti Bangladesh.
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In this regard a comment by Prof Musharaf Hossain is relevant: "......the most distinguished people Zia invited to join his government, after his rise to power in 1975, were Justice Sattar, Kazi Anwarul Huq, Hafiz Uddin, Mirza Nurul huda, Mohd Shamsul Haque, Shafiul Azam, Azizul Huq, Zahirul huq and so on.
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5. Zia ruthlessly eliminated the remaining Muktijoddha (pro liberation) officers in the army, navy and air force (in 1977, a total of 1143 air force officers and soldiers, former freedom fighters, were killed in firing squad under Zia's instruction ).
6. Zia removed secularism from Bangladesh constitution and replaced it with
Islam (Bismillah), and socialism with social justice.
7. Zia ruined the system crucial for democracy: the election system.He was first to use bureaucratic machinery to manipulate votes: in the referendum of 1977 Zia got 98.88% votes (88.5% registered votes) whereas in the 1970 election, at the height of the nationalist movement, Sheikh Mujib received only 55.09% of the registered votes.
8. On November 9, 1975 Zia dissolved the commission for investigation of the murder of four national leaders in Dhaka central jail.
9. During Zia's regime the size of the defense forces was increased by 300 times.
10. By May, 1976, Zia conferred the war criminals constitutional rights to vote and involve in political activities in Bangladesh.General Zia's:
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11. Zia let the killers of Sheikh Mujib escape from Bangladesh and rewarded them with diplomatic posts and status in various foreign missions of Bangladesh.
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14. Zia turned the historical racecourse ground where Sheikh Mujib organized one of the largest protest rallies of human history, into a children's park (financed by Saudi Arabia) in his process to distort the history of Bangladesh.
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16. Zia set the trend of cutting trees and concretization of Dhaka city.This urban jejuneness is the projection of Zia's inner void.
17. Like a tin soldier Zia was a coward despite his outward appearance of a military mucho man. Inspired by the spirit of the liberation war, many freedom fighters married helpless, socially rejected Bangalee women, victims of the war.But being a self proclaimed captain of the war, Zia refused to accept his wife as she was confined in Dhaka cantonment during the war.After the war Sheikh Mujib had to convince Zia to accept his wife.But Zia never accepted his wife wholeheartedly and maintained a palsied relationship with her until his death.
18. Both Khaled Mosharraf and Zia did military coups to rise to power.But the difference between Khaled and Zia was: Khaled had no political ambition whereas Zia cherished political ambition since his accidental participation in the liberation war.Khaled declared himself as the chief of armed forces, not as the president of the republic.But Zia, in his first declaration of the liberation war on 27 March 1971, declared himself as the president of Bangla Desh.Later in 1977 he removed his puppet president and declared himself as the president of Bangladesh.
19. After independence AL government allocated a house in Dhaka to Moni Singha, the president of CPB, because Paki army burnt down his house after bulldozing it with elephants.Zia evicted Moni Singha from his house when he came to power.
20. It is a matter of scholastic speculation to determine who is more powerful: live or dead Zia?Zia always loved to glorify himself as he did during the liberation war.His cronies, always powerful behind the screen, fed Zia's urges for mythopoesis.After his death Zia was spiritualized in Bangladeshi politics.Sheikh Mujib's dead body was taken to Tungipara and buried in the same day.But Zia's dead body wasn't taken to Bogra.Instead a big monument was erected overnight on Zia's grave next to the parliament house at the heart of Dhaka city.
Why so much honor was accorded to an ordinary major or a sector commander of 1971 while the architect of the liberation war was literally buried out of sight of the whole nation?The answer is simple: to spiritualize Zia into fine political ideology.To let his apparition haunt the nation in the perpetual medievalism.
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Zia's torn vest and a broken suitcase after his death in 1980.The tokens were meant to indicat
If President Iajuddin Ahmed believes that ...
www.bangladesh-web.com [cached]
If President Iajuddin Ahmed believes that General Zia was the proclaimer of Bangladesh of Bangladesh independence, then he must be an idiot by not protesting against the article written by General Zia himself.He is behaving like the President of BNP, not the President of Bangladesh.
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Definitely, only the Rajakars and the opponents of liberation war use the name of Major Zia as the proclaimer of Bangladesh independence to distort the history.
Government destroying economy: Hasina
nation.ittefaq.com, 17 Dec 2004 [cached]
Hasina blamed former President General Zia for destroying the spirit of liberation war and rehabilitating "Razakars' in politics."The alliance government pursues the politics of grabbing.Major Zia took the declaration of the independence in his way, Khalada Zia captured the whole Bangladesh and their son Tareq Zia is capturing meeting venues," she said.
Hasina said the present situation would not continue for long as she said BNP must bow to the combined public resistance, truth and justice.
"The spirit of liberation war was to build a poverty and hunger-free Bangladesh," she said, adding, "That spirit has already been spoiled by the alliance government".About terrorism, she observed that there are godfathers behind the terrorists and it is not possible to control terrorism as long as "the godfathers are kept under cover."
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